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Joss Whedon, Modern Dress Shakespeare, and the Problem of Class in Classrooms

Much Ado - Kitchen Island

Both curriculum and pop culture, perhaps not coincidentally, have no problem dealing with class systems when they’re at a remove.

Guest Post by Christopher Shamburg… When the Lit Hits the Fan in Teacher Education

March

Teachers don’t have to teach Harry Potter, Captain America, or World of Warcraft, but they can allow students to build their writing on these stories.

Guest Post by Miguel Rodriguez… How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Monster: Overcoming the Stigma of the Horror Genre

Gustave Doré illustrates Dante’s vision of Satan

It is important to remember that the stories I’ve mentioned were never really called “horror stories” because horror as a genre is essentially a ploy to make certain properties more marketable to a segment of the population.

Guest Post by Ryan Goble… Uncommon Literacies: Teaching ‘This American Life’ (2)

X-Men/This American Life Cross-Over; Poster available at http://store.thisamericanlife.org

If our job as educators is to engage the hearts and minds of our students I can think of no better pop cultural text than “This American Life” to uncover the silly, strange, and sublime states of the human condition with our students.

8 Pop Culture Clips That Prove Shakespeare Is The Coolest Thing Ever

"Coriolanus": as if more proof of Shakespeare's timelessness was needed...

Yesterday’s release of “Coriolanus” on DVD led to this thought: what are some of the more impressive pop culture riffs on Shakespeare?

Congratulations——You’re Now A Sports Fan Even If You Hate Sports

A neat, fandom-based "bracket" from Population Go... "where geek and otaku culture meet." (http://populationgo.com)

So why do we both reduce and, strangely, enthrone the arts by pitting authors, composers, and other creative types against each other?